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GETTYSBURG 15TH MASS. MUSTER ROLL An outstanding partly-printed muster roll for Company C, 15th Massachusetts Volunteers, 2pp. folio, July 17, 1863, Pleasant Valley, Md. endorsed by Lieut. Col. George Joslin. Covering a two month period from April 30, 1863 through June 30, 1863 just one day prior to the battle, with 55 men listed as present for duty. Completed in two different hands, it appears that company commander Captain Gale started the document, but did not have the time to finish it while the regiment marched to Gettysburg and also due to his being wounded at the battle. Heavily engaged at Gettysburg, the regiment helped fill a major breach in the Union line caused by Sickles forward movement on July 2nd and on the next day helped stem the tide of Pickett's Charge. Records indicate that 16 of these men became casualties as a result of their heroics. Captain George Brown, who temporarily replaced Gale, quickly completed the document after the battle, only commenting briefly that their appearance was "good" and weapons were "serviceable", but leaving out all detail as to the battle showing that the regiment was actively engaged in pursuit of Lee. One private returned to the company on June 28, being wounded at Antietam and again wounded at Gettysburg. He remained unlucky and was killed the next year in the Wilderness. Stains affect endorsement with only light soiling affecting the muster roll list itself, overall very good.
Estimate $ 200-300

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